How do they do that?
For teamsalvatore98 and anyone else who wants to make a fanpop banner but doesn't know where to start.
You will need an image editing program. I use Corel Paint comprar Pro but I think most people use Photoshop. Create your banner template
Open up your program and create a new file. Size: 800x100 Background:
black File type:
The dimensions are very
important. If the banner is too tall it will get cropped off when you add it. If it's not wide enough it will get stretched. Even 1 pixel's difference can affect the quality.
Save this basic file as your banner template to use seguinte time.
Images for the banner
Or you can just use this template! But make sure to click on it to get the full size.
Now open up the imagens you want to use for your banner. I recommend using large, high quality pictures. Most of my banners are related to TV shows so I use really nice screencaps and episode stills. The better quality they are, the better your banner will look. Resizing imagens to fit
You may have to resize these imagens to fit within the banner. Never take an image that is too small and try to make it bigger: the quality will suck.
Only resize imagens to make them smaller. There will be some loss of quality but not nearly as much as when you're trying to make something bigger than it is.
[At the bottom of the artigo I will go through some advanced tricks to help with quality but for right now let's get the basics down.]
Choose an image that you want to add to the banner but is too large. Example: 1450x970
Find the Resize
tool in your program's options. Mine is located under a menu called 'Image'. Yours could be located somewhere else. Just look through all the menus until you find it.
Open the Resize tool. It should give you the dimensions of the picture you're trying to resize. Example:
Width: 1450 pixels
Height: 970 pixels
Change the height to 110 pixels
. Only change the height
and make sure that the 'Maintain aspect ratio' box is checked
. Otherwise your image will be totally warped.
The reason you don't resize it to exactly the height of your banner is because you'll want to give yourself some leeway to mover it around. It's very hard to position it precisely and if it's off even just a little bit it will leave a gap at the topo, início or bottom of the banner. Adding imagens to the banner
So you have your resized image and are ready to add it to the banner. You're going to copy and paste
it to the banner template as a layer
tool is in the 'Edit' menu. Just click it and you're done. The image is copied and ready to be pasted. Go back to your banner template.
tool is also in the 'Edit' menu. It may offer you several options: Paste as New Image, Paste as Selection and Paste as New Layer.
Choose Paste as New Layer
It will drop the image directly in the center of your banner. Now you can mover it wherever you like with the Move
tool. Just click and drag the image to the position you want.
Repeat this process with all of your images.
Editing your banner
Basic unedited banner
So now all of your imagens are on the banner as separate layers. Some of them might not be as clear and bright as you'd like. Select the one you'd like to change with the mover tool.
The simplest way to make it look a little better is the Brightness & Contrast
tool, which should be in the 'Adjust' menu. Open it and it should have a visualização of what the effect is going to look like. You don't want it to be too bright because then the dark as cores will look washed out and grainy. You don't want too much contrast or the darks will andorinha the lights. Play around with the levels until you find something you like.
The seguinte step is the saturation
[how intense the as cores are]. Now depending on the effect you're going for you might want to increase or decrease the saturation. Again, you can play around with this until you find something you like. The Hue & Saturation
tool should be in the same menu as the Brightness & Contrast tool. I wouldn't recommend changing the hue unless you want to go for a really funky effect.
There are many different tools located in the 'Adjust' menu that you can use to tweak your images. I recommend exploring them, playing around with them and finding what works the best for you. In my program there's a tool called Clarify
that just gives the image some extra punch. It may not be available in your program but there's probably something similar to it. Just play around with the program and find out what it can do. Practice on test imagens and have fun. That's how I learned everything.
The other thing to keep in mind is that each layer requires individual editing. It's usually best to try to make each image in a banner look as similar in tone and brightness as possible. Depending on what kind of imagens you're using, the settings for each one might be different. Again, this just requires you to play around until you can make it work. In the advanced section I'll give tips for making the imagens in a banner mais cohesive in tone.
I adjusted the Brightness & Contrast, decreased the Saturation and Clarified.
Ok now you have a very basic, serviceable banner. But you could make it better.... Advanced
So you have your basic banner. It's pretty good but you want to do mais to it, make it better.
The first thing you may have noticed in my sample banner is that some of the imagens I used have a symbol on them. Not very pretty and somewhat distracting aren't they? I see them often on fanmade ícones and banners but in truth they aren't that hard to get rid of.
Now we are venturing into mais advanced tools and be aware that not every program will call them the same thing.
Push tool sample
In my program, it's called the Push
What it does:
Pushes the pixels around the image.
Partially obscured symbol using the Push tool.
How you're going to use it:
To cover up the ugly symbol.
You can adjust the size of the tool [you'll want it to be small] and the opacity [you'll want it to be in the midrange] You won't want the opacity at 100% because the edges will be too hard [like in the first sample image].
You just want to gently try to push the pixels around until it looks like the symbol was never there. Start in an area where the symbol isn't, then just click and drag the pixels over the symbol. Don't use the same starting point for the whole thing. Choose the pixels that look like they belong in that spot. In this image I used the black shadow to cover the bottom of the symbol. The mais gray shadow on his neck to cover the rest, being careful not to get any dark pixels on his chin. Most programs have an 'Undo' option that can erase your last stroke if you make a mistake.
The ugly symbols have been pushed away!!
This banner could still be improved though. The arrangement of the imagens is very static and they're quite obviously just pictures copied and pasted. If you want to break that up and make the banner mais interesting [and fit mais images!] it's not that hard.
You're going to need the Eraser
tool. It will look like a pencil eraser. You can change the size and opacity, just like you can with the Push tool. To start with, you'll want it to be fairly big and the opacity at 100% because you're going to be taking the edges off the imagens and getting rid of some negative space.
The removal of the edges has freed up some space!
You'll notice that this has freed up some space. You can now rearrange these imagens and maybe add more. As you mover them closer together, you can see how some of them might fit together even better por erasing sections of the image. As you erase closer to the subject of the picture, decrease the opacity to soften the edges.
Be aware also that the layers
can be either on topo, início or beneath one another. You can see the order of your layers por going to the 'View' menu, scroll down to 'Palettes' and there should be an option that says 'Layers'.
[Note: some programs automatically have the Layer Palette open in your workspace so you may not need to open it.]
It's just a little window that shows the layers [each image you added] one on topo, início of the other. You can mover them up or down as you need.
In the banner image above you'll notice that I left a blank space. I could have added another image to fill it but I've decided to leave it blank for some text, which we'll get to in a moment. First, we're going to add some effects Using layers to add effects
So this is the most fun and expressive part of banner making. You can do a lot and create some cool effects and moods for your banners.
You'll want to create a new layer the exact size of your banner template. In my program I simply go to the bottom layer [called the Background Image], right click on it and choose 'Duplicate'.
If you are unable to do that the simplest other way of doing it just to create another image in the exact dimensions you need, then copy and paste it as a new layer like you did your other images.
Once you have your plain black layer, make sure it's on topo, início of all the other layers. Yes, it will cover everything up at first.
You're going to need the Fill
tool. It should look just like a paint bucket. Now you get to choose a color. You may have noticed the color palette on the right hand side of your workspace. It will offer you many choices. After you've picked one, just click on the black layer with the Fill tool and there you go.
Now for the fun part! In the Layer Palette you can choose the blend mode
and opacity for your layer. There will be a little drop down menu that starts with 'Normal' mode. There should be many modes like 'Color', 'Screen', 'Multiply' and more. Just play around with these options to see what kind of effects they produce. Play with the opacity as well; it will let the image show through better and make the effects mais subtle, if you want.
Golden brown layer set to the blend mode 'Soft Light' at 100% opacity
In the banner above I went for a simple effect that added a sense of cohesiveness to the banner, making it flow and all seem to belong together.
Layer of red color set to blend mode 'Exclusion' at 60% opacity
Then I decided I wanted something a little mais creepy, a little mais funky. The banner is still cohesive but the mood is different. Adding text
For the finishing touch, you can add some text. Now I don't always add words because sometimes it just doesn't need it. But in this case I've deliberately left room for some text.
You'll need the Text
tool, which will look just like a letter of the alphabet [I've seen it as a T or an A]. When you open it, there will be a box to write in and some options to change the size, font and color. Sometimes these options won't appear in the text window but at the topo, início of your workspace or in the color palette.
When you type usually a visualização of it will appear on your banner. Make sure that the color you've chosen shows up.
Now the text is going to be added as another layer. Which means that you can use blend mode effects and change the opacity for it too.
I would recommend adding each word as an individual layer rather than typing it all into the text box at once. This way you can mover each word independently into the position you desire. Which makes it easier to fit the text around the objects in your banner if you need to. In order to add them as separate layers, type one word in the box and add it: then select the topo, início layer of the banner
and add another word. Repeat for every word. Otherwise it will group them all together as one layer and when you try to mover them, it will mover them all.
proofread your text before you're finished. There are online dictionaries that can help you with spelling if you need it. There's nothing mais sloppy-looking than a banner with poor spelling and that kind of ruins the point of all the hard work you just put into making it.
If you're interested in downloading some cool fonts to use, I recommend this website: link Quality/Size
One last thing about quality. Although the standard size for a fanpop banner is 800x100 you can
make them larger. They're easier to work with in a larger size and the quality is better. But the dimensions have to be equivalent to the fanpop requirements.
Example sizes: 2400x300, 5200x650
Or you can just use these templates! But make sure to download the full sizes por clicking on the image.
I hope this guide has provided you with some useful tips on how to make a banner. If you have any perguntas or need clarification on anything, just leave a comment and I'll try to help as best I can.
Thanks for reading!